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As new year nears, a word for our times: surveillance
Dec 30th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Debate over privacy

moves to top of agenda

A drone like this one could appear soon in the sky above your home.

IF THERE IS one concept that can summarize the zeitgeist of 2013, those In the K(n)ow would pick “surveillance.”
As the clock ticks down to a Gregorian-calendar new year, we can look back and see this topic as the most discussed and analyzed during the past 12 months.
Not only, however, in the narrow sense of government and corporate spying on everyone.
We also got a taste of the future – 2014 and further out – with skies full of drones capable of watching everyone, everywhere all the time.
Seems like George Orwell was only about 30 years off in his prediction of a total surveillance society so eloquently expressed in the novel “1984.”


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A MASSIVE STORY: NSA broke rules on privacy thousands of times

LEAK SHOWS DESPERATE NEED FOR FEDERAL SHIELD LAW
The Washington Post, using information leaked by Edward Snowden broke a major story on how the National Security Agency is violating the privacy of thousands of people against the rules – and all other major media are playing catch-up.
It is vitally important information. We need to know what the government is doing for us and to us.
This news highlights in BIG BOLDFACE TYPE the desperate need for a federal shield law to protect anonymous sources.


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